Fanfare: Fall 2018
Author: Stephanie Argy, Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: September 17, 2018
Poster for Portland State of Mind 2018 by Kyle Vsetecka ’16

Cheers to fun art

KEEPING IT simple, witty and pleasing to the eye guided alumnus and graphic artist Kyle Vsetecka ’16 as he created art for this year’s Portland State of Mind celebration. Vsetecka (the “v” is silent) started with basic shapes that morphed into iconic elements that represent his Portland: a city that values community and inclusivity while keeping it fun. A Portland native, Vsetecka fits freelance projects around his day job as a graphics artist at Airtype Studio, a branding agency. Vsetecka’s design will appear on T-shirts, totes, posters and coffee mugs advertising Portland State of Mind (see events list on pages 16-17). View more of his work at

Still from Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot by Gus Van Sant

John Callahan gets his due

DIRECTOR Gus Van Sant’s latest movie, Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, is a biopic about cartoonist and alumnus John Callahan, who is played by Joaquin Phoenix. Quadriplegic as a result of an auto accident, Callahan drew irreverent cartoons that frequently made fun of his fellow “quads”—as well as everyone else. In 1983, he earned a B.A. in English from Portland State, and at the time of his death in 2010, was about to enroll at PSU again for a master’s degree in counseling. His work appeared regularly in Willamette Week, and he wrote ten books, created two animated television series, and released a CD, Purple Winos in the Rain, with a cameo by Tom Waits.

Book cover for 50 Hikes from Ooligan Press

Off the beaten track

THE TILLAMOOK and Clatsop State Forests are less than an hour from Portland, but they’re two of Oregon’s best-kept secrets, still largely untrodden. 50 Hikes in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests, from the Sierra Club Oregon Chapter and PSU’s Ooligan Press, introduces readers to hikes throughout the area, ranging from easy to strenuous. Ooligan is an independent trade press run by graduate students in PSU’s book publishing program. They do everything required to bring a book to its readers, including acquisitions, editing, design, marketing—and in the case of 50 Hikes, going on all the hikes in the book to verify that directions were accurate and understandable.

Book cover for Three Sides Water by Peter Donohue from Ooligan Press

New Works

Nation Divided
CD by George Colligan (jazz faculty), Whirlwind Recordings, 2018

Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard
By Paul Collins (English faculty), W.W. Norton & Company, 2018

Three Sides Water
By Peter Donahue, PSU Ooligan Press, 2018

Women Veterans: Lifting the Veil of Invisibility
By G.L.A. Harris and Rita Finn Summer (Public Administration faculty), student Maria Gonzalez-Prats, Routledge, 2018

Caged Women: Incarceration, Representation & Media
Edited by Shirley A. Jackson (Black Studies faculty) and Laurie Gordy, Routledge, 2018

Ultraviolet: A Novel
By Suzanne Matson ’81, Catapult, 2018

A Way Home: Oregon Essays
By Scott F. Parker MS ’09, Kelson Books, 2018

Hoshi and the Red City Circuit
By Dora M. Raymaker MS ’09, PhD ’15 (Regional Research faculty), Argawarga Press, 2018

By Roland Smith (student in early 1970s), HMH Books for Young Readers, 2018